New Forest Basics Bank was set up in 2004 under Churches Together in Lymington and Pennington.Click here to see more about us
How does Basics Bank work?
1. Generous local people donate non-perishable food to Basics Bank
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2. The goods are sorted by volunteers, supplemented with fresh items purchased locally and made up into “parcels” of sizes designed to feed individuals or families for up to a week at a time
3. People who are in need and are referred to us are then given a “parcel”
They either collect it from us or, more likely, because it consists of several heavy bags, it is delivered free to their home by another team of volunteers.
The people who qualify for a “Parcel” may be waiting for statutory benefits to be processed or be subject to similar unfortunate circumstances. However, we only provide a temporary stop-gap, limiting the amount to each person.
Occasionally we may be asked to make discretionary grants of small amounts of cash where people cannot afford to feed the meter.